‘Have you checked the baby?’
Lullaby is a 2022 horror film about a new mother who discovers a lullaby in an ancient book and soon regards the song as a blessing. But her world transforms into a nightmare when the lullaby brings forth the ancient demon Lilith.
Directed by John R. Leonetti (The Silence; Wish Upon; Wolves at the Door; Annabelle; The Butterfly Effect 2; Mortal Kombat: Annihilation) from a screenplay co-written by Alex Greenfield and Ben Powell. Co-produced by Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Lee Nelson and David Tish.
The American-Canadian co-production stars Oona Chaplin, Ramón Rodríguez, Liane Balaban, Kira Guloien, R Austin Ball, Adam Bernett, Hayden Finkelshtain, Moni Ogunsuyi, Brian McCaig, Aaron Rogers and Mary Ann Stevens.
Rachel (Oona Chaplin) and John (Ramon Rodriguez) have a baby boy named Eli. Unfortunately, Eli cries constantly which severely tests his parents’ patience. Rachel’s mother sends boxes of baby items once owned by Vivian, Rachel’s sister, one of which is an ancient book that includes a particular lullaby that miraculously, makes Eli fall asleep thus granting his fraught parents some peace.
However, both John and Rachel begin to see an evil crone in their apartment who seems to be threatening baby Eli. Rachel visits her sister, Vivian (Liane Balaban), who’s in Forest Oasis Hospital, a mental illness facility, and discovers that Vivian went through the same trauma when she lost Zachary, her child. John receives a call from Rabbi Cohen (Constantine Alexander Karzis) and is informed of methods of how to protect Eli from evil. A showdown with the ancient evil Lilith is set in motion…
“The rules for defeating the Big Bad are crisscrossed and broken, and it means nothing. The movie does attempt to incorporate authentic aspects of Judaism into its narrative, but it falls short of something like The Vigil; this one is more like a checklist of terms (“dybbuk,” “golem,” etc.), dropped willy-nilly throughout the screenplay. In the end, it’s just not worth your time.” Common Sense Media
” …Lullaby does have a convincingly dark, atmospheric look to it. Cinematographer Michael Galbraith (Dark Web: Cicada 3301, The Silence) gets a lot of mileage out of the apartment that most of the film takes place in […] And there is something hiding in that darkness, Lilith’s own deformed children who serve as her minions. They should be disturbing to look at, but the film’s CGI fails…” 1.5 out of 5, Voices from the Balcony
“If you honestly just care about the jump scares, then Lullaby has what you are looking for. There aren’t a lot, which is a good thing, but even if you are half-watching this and just pop your full attention occasionally, you will get disturbed every now and again. Unfortunately, the film sets itself up for a sequel.” 82% Wherever I Look
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